4. Justin Herbert
Herbert isn’t the sixth-best prospect in this draft class, but that won’t stop him from being selected this high. Quarterbacks have a rock-solid track record of rising up draft boards when it comes time for teams to actually make their selections.
Scouts are all over the map on the former Oregon star. Fans of his game point to his raw athleticism as tools that will make him an above average NFL starter. Critics slate him for his inaccurate throws and lack of leadership at the collegiate level.
The truth is somewhere in between. Herbert isn’t going to come into the NFL and light up the scoreboard immediately. It will take time for him to clean up his technique and understand the nuances of the pro game. Whether or not the Chargers can afford to be that patient is an open question.
In a perfect world, Los Angeles could trade down a few spots and still be in a position to stop Herbert from sliding on draft night. Don’t rule out that possibility. It would be a real gamble for the Chargers to take, but it could be the best way for them to maximize their value in Round 1.